Plant Biotechnology, MS - Professional Science Master's

for the degree of Master of Science in Plant Biotechnology, Professional Science Master's Concentration

department head: Adam Davis

advisor: Nathan Schroeder

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overview of grad college admissions & requirements:

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department office: AW-101 Turner Hall, 1102 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801

phone:(217) 244-0396


Applicants are considered for admission to the Professional Science Master's in Plant Biotechnology if they have a bachelor's or equivalent degree comparable to that granted by the University of Illinois. Strong letters of reference, evident motivation to undertake graduate study, and good preparation in basic science courses enhance an applicant's credentials. A grade point average equivalent to at least a B in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate course work plus any graduate level work completed is required.  All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the TOEFL or IELTS as evidence of English proficiency.  Official scores are required to be submitted directly from TOEFL/ETS or IELTS to the University.  Additional information for international applicants can be found at: Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required. 

Financial Aid

Illinois PSM students may not hold assistantships or other tuition and fee waiver-generating appointments; however, statutory waivers and tuition scholarships are accepted.

for the degree of Master of Science in Plant Biotechnology, Professional Science Master's Concentration

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's graduate handbook and the Graduate College Handbook

Business courses prescribed by the Illinois PSM program10
PSM 501PSM Industry Seminar I0
PSM 502PSM Industry Seminar II0
PSM 503PSM Industry Seminar III0
PSM 555PSM Internship0
CPSC 593Adv Studies in Crop Sciences (8 max applied toward degree; optional and found in the Science Electives list)1 to 8
CPSC 598Seminar (Biotechnology section, 3 semesters)3
Science electives selected in consultation with advisor:29
Plants and Global Change
Applied Statistical Methods I
Advanced Plant Genetics
Principles of Plant Breeding
Plant Molecular Biology
Genomics for Plant Improvement
Regression Analysis
Applied Statistical Methods II
Appl. Multivariate Statistics
Molecular Marker Data Analyses
Perl & UNIX for Bioinformatics
Plant Gene Regulation
Bioinformatics & Systems Biol
Plant Biochemistry
Horticultural Plant Breeding
Plant Physiology
Plant Genomics
Disc in Plant Physiology
Environmental Plant Physiology
Toward 10 hours of Business courses as listed below, take one of the following:
Process Management
Venture Funded Startups (1 hr plus an additional business-related class for 1 or more hours)
Total Hours required for graduation42

Other Requirements

Students can opt to take the PSM seminar series for 0 credit (pass/fail) or 1 credit hour (letter grade). Credit hours for these courses do not apply towards either the 32 science hours or 10 business course hours required for the degree.
Other requirements may overlap
The PSM concentration is required.
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12
Students must enroll full-time (12 or more hours) in the fall and spring semesters
Transfer credit from Illinois or other institutions is not permitted
Minimum GPA: 3.0